Grace to Paint


Weekly Oil Paintings by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND


race to Paint

Weekly Oil Paintings
by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND

Madonna of the Streets (Stage 1)

11×14″ Oil on stretched canvas; not yet available for purchase.

Here is the skeleton of a painting I have recently worked on. It is from a photo I took of an engaging statue of Mary and Jesus, fashioned after the painting “Madonna of the Streets” by Roberto Feruzzi in the late 1800’s. The first stage of traditional painting involves a toned canvas and the “mapping out” of darks and lights. Usually the drawing is all done by brush, so I never begin with a pencil drawing. It would be lost under the first layer of paint anyway, and there are many more layers to go. I thought this week I might share some of the painting process of with you.

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Meet Sr.Maresa

I am Sister Maresa Lilley, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, located in Chardon, Ohio, USA. For many years, I have enjoyed a passion that permits me to reflect upon simple reality with a brush in hand. To capture a simple essence on canvas and to discover inherent beauty is a daily immersion.

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